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Tyler Benson leads WHL to victory

Oilers prospect has goal, two assists for Canada juniors in Game 2 of series against Russia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Noah Juulsen (Montreal Canadiens) and Austin Wagner (Los Angeles Kings) scored 1:04 apart in the third period to lead the Western Hockey League to a 4-1 victory against Russia in Game 2 of the 2016 Canada Russia Series at Rogers Centre in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers), who plays for Edmonton of the WHL, had a goal and two assists. Kale Clague (Kings) had a goal and Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) made 33 saves.

"It was a good win coming off yesterday's loss, a tough one in overtime [3-2]," Benson told the Canadian Hockey League website. "Today we had a good effort from everybody, heck of an effort by Carter Hart, made some big saves early. Nice to come out with a win."

Danila Kvartalnov scored for Russia. Vladislav Sukhachyov started in goal and made 18 saves on 19 shots, but was replaced twice by Anton Krasotkin, who made 15 saves on 17 shots. All three are eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.

The game was tied 1-1 entering the third period when Juulsen, the WHL captain, pinched in from the right point and scored off a pass from Nicholas Merkley (Arizona Coyotes) at 6:30.

Benson sent Wagner in alone on Sukhachyov at 7:34 and he scored with a wrist shot for a 3-1 lead.

Benson scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The six-game Canada Russia Series is part of the evaluation process for picking the teams for Canada and Russia for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Game 3 will be between the Ontario Hockey League and Russia at Memorial Garden Sports Arena in North Bay, Ontario, on Thursday.

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